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Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Realizing the Path of Awareness:

 “A Return to the Fundamentals of Mindfulness, Understanding and Compassion”

The Honey Locust Sangha Spring Retreat

Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28

Creighton University Retreat Center, Griswold, Iowa

With teachings and meditations on breathing, walking, deep listening and loving speech, we will practice together.  We will invite our ancestors, with both their suffering and their happiness, to join and support us, as we offer our awakening for the benefit of our families, our society and the Earth.

During this program we will focus on fundamental practices – skill building to solidify our experience of inner stability and freedom.  Guidance on conscious breathing and walking will be a base for deepening our communication and understanding within ourselves and with our loved ones. Sessions of guided deep looking will support us to reflect on the way we have been living our life, to understand what deep habits and fears have been driving us, and to find new understanding and compassion to realize transformation.

Dharma Teacher:
Michael Ciborski

Michael Ciborski is a Mindfulness Dharma teacher in the Buddhist tradition of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained as a monk for seven years at the Plum Village Monastery, France. Michael practiced mindfulness meditation and joined the monastic community to organize mindfulness retreats to lay practitioners around the world. 

An eloquent musician, Michael also studied several European and Asian voice training and chanting traditions and served as an English language chant master in the monastery.

After leaving the monastery in 2003, Michael returned to the US and along with his wife Fern, has helped to establish spiritual community and mindfulness center in Southern New Hampshire known as MorningSun. He offers many workshops and retreats in mindfulness practice and meditation around the country. To listen to his Dharma talks, please visit (http://truemiddleway.org/dharma-talks/)

Held in the tranquil setting of the

Held in the tranquil setting of the
Creighton University Retreat Center

It is a quiet place in nature, near Griswold Iowa, about 45 minutes from Omaha. CURC is a full-service retreat center with excellent meeting/conference rooms, overnight facilities, dining hall, and chapel. 

The comfortable facilities and hospitable environment are set in 157 acres of wooded area, with ambling trails along a river teeming with wildlife, song birds, and a sublime night sky.

Retreat Format

This residential retreat is designed for both beginning and experienced practitioners. It will center on periods of sitting and walking meditation and Dharma talks by our teacher. There will be small-group Dharma discussions, meal meditations, and active, mindful work practice. Periods of silence will deepen and enrich the experience by allowing time for personal reflection.

Retreat Pricing

Thursday  Evening – Sunday

Double Occupancy: $310.00*  

Single Occupancy: $375.00

Friday – Sunday

Double Occupancy: $240.00* 

Single Occupancy: $305.00

Price includes meals, dana, room costs, and dharma hall fees

*Rooming with another person will allow us to increase the number of people who can attend the retreat, so if you are able to choose double occupancy, it would be appreciated.

Register by clicking this link: 

http://tinyurl.com/37fc5kba

or use the QR code below:

 
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The Honey Locust Sangha / Omaha Community of Mindful Living is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Six Mantras

The Six Mantras

June 16, 2012. 99-minute dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh from Upper Hamlet in Plum Village during the 21-Day Retreat with the theme The Science of the Buddha. The talk is given in English and this is the eleventh dharma talk (of 15). The podcast is available at this link.

1.teaPK Darling, I am here for you.
2.
Darling, I know you are there and it makes me happy.
3.
Darling, I know you suffer.
4.
Darling, I suffer, please help.
5.
This is a Happy Moment.
6.
Darling, you are partly right.

The last one is new and for when someone congratulates or criticizes you.

Discipline of Rewiring the Brain

In June of this year, a 21 day Mindfulness retreat was hosted at Plum Village in France for scientists throughout the world, taught by the Vietnamese  Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.  At this retreat Thay explained the connection between the five mental formations and the neural pathways in the brain. He describes how, with the practice of mindfulness, we can erase the neural pathways that lead to suffering and open new paths that lead understanding and happiness.

From this came an article by Paul Tingen call Using Mindfulness to Rewire the Brain.We’re reading this article at the end of classes at the Yoga Path to foster a practice of tapa/discipline (the third niyama),. We are striving to do things in our lives that strengthen well-being and thus allowing us to be strong enough to mindfully embrace and transform the suffering in our life.  The link to this article is below.

Rewiring the Brain

  • November 16th, 2012
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